The ongoing energy crisis in Pakistan has gradually worsened during the last decade. As a matter of fact electricity has become indispensable and essential for the socio-economic development of Pakistan. With the promulgation of National Power Policy 2013, the generation of electricity from affordable energy resources has been made viable. To meet the energy needs of the country especially that of the province of Punjab, the PML-N government is leaving no stone unturned to foster fast track development of electricity generation projects and is bent upon paying special attention to the basic prerequisite of development i.e. power generation in the province.

The projects like Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Sahiwal Coal Fired Power Plant and now Bhikki Gas Turbine Power Plant undertaken by the government of Punjab show the government’s firm resolve to put the economy on the right track through resolving energy crisis in the country. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the ground breaking of gas fired power plant of 1,180 megawatt in Bhikki, Sheikhupura is no doubt harbinger of prosperity for the province of Punjab as well as for the whole country. For ‘energy starved Pakistan’ this is the much needed and vital project to start with.

It was once again the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who through his untiring efforts wooed the support from his cabinet colleagues in overcoming the hurdles related to the gas power plant which would certainly help achieve speedy completion of the project in a transparent manner. The gas turbine power project is the first and biggest project in the country’s history and the Punjab government has taken a lead by initiating this project. It is a good omen that the single cycle turbine will start producing 363 megawatt electricity by March 2017 whereas with the operation of second single turbine by April 2017, another 363 megawatt will be added to the national grid.

Moreover, a total of 1,180 megawatt will be available through combined stream gas turbine at Bhikki, district Sheikhupura by December 2017. This will be the historic juncture in the prosperity of Pakistan as so many power generating units being installed in different areas of Pakistan will start yielding thousands of megawatts of electricity under the umbrella of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC). INSHAALLAH, darkness will eventually vanish from this country and our future generations will live in a brighter Pakistan.

SYED ALI QASIM,

Lahore, October 14.